With the continuous stream of scandal-ridden news reports about lavish employee retreats and reward programs from Star Trek-clad government workers in a training video to photos of the GSA official drinking champagne in the jacuzzi — HR and financial execs are facing obstacles getting budgets approved for employee engagement initiatives like never before. And, while these negative stories are truly an aberration and hardly the reality of corporate reward programs, the images are powerful and memorable – creating resistance to these programs in the C-level suite.
As an HR pro you’ve seen the evidence and know that these programs drive greater employee performance, but how do you overcome the negatives the media loves to highlight?
The answer, according to Brian Dodds, the President of Recognition Professionals International, is to cut loose the party planners and instead educate and train executives.
“Never underestimate the power of a simple ‘thank you,'” says Dodds who is proud to be at the helm of the only industry organization dedicated solely to recognition in the workplace. “The best corporate environments, the best products and services, can be undermined by a culture that fails at appreciation. Words are that powerful.”
Dodds is a Certified Recognition Professional and believes while employee retreats and sales incentive trips are tremendously valuable when they are supported by shareholders — the key to an engaged and productive workforce is showing and communicating trust, respect and appreciation. And that is built up every day with smaller, more targeted recognition events – many informal. In fact, taking time to do the little things right every day – make the investment in the bigger initiatives that much more effective.
With a global membership of HR practitioners, workforce consultants, and reward and incentive providers, RPI offers education and training through webinars, a certification program, and a major annual conference.
“Managers are often so focused on the end-game at companies that they don’t pay attention to the day to day interactions with the teams of people they supervise. Our training programs are designed to help managers and senior executives support the company’s mission and values every day – helping create a more focused workforce that wants to be part of the success.”
The training offered through the RPI focuses not only on how to do the small things right – but also provides the learner with information that will help them avoid some of the more visible missteps like the AIG and GSA failings.
The answer to engagement within your company isn’t to run away from doing it to avoid a problem – but to attack it head on with knowledge, information and training. That is what the RPI is for and that is what you can expect to get when you connect.
For more info, visit: www.Recognition.org